ALBANY, Ga. — Information provided by a resident assisted Albany Police Department detectives with the arrest of a man in the brutal beating and robbery of a 79-year-old woman. It was a triple win.
The police arrested 42-year-old Lucious Gene Sutton for the May 16 attack on Carol Dozier at her Lynwood Lane home. Dozier’s family contributed to the arrest. The tipster gets $2,500 provided by Dozier’s family.
From an Albany Police Department email:
Tipster paid in Home Invasion
The citizen, who provided the information that assisted Detectives with the arrest in the case of 79-year old Carol Dozier, has been awarded the $2500.00 reward provided by the victim’s family. Albany Area Crime Stoppers and SB&T bank assisted the family and the Albany Police Department with the pay off this morning.
“Our hope is that rewards like this will encourage more citizens to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods says Chief John Proctor. He further stated and stressed that citizens should keep the slogan “If you see something, say something” in mind. Citizens are asked to report tips through Crime Stopper at 229-436-TIPS.
Detectives say the tipster confirmed information that Sutton was driving the victim’s car.
Previous story on the attack and robbery of Carol Dozier:
Carol Dozier, 79, believes her attacker should get life in prison for the brutal beating he gave her.
Dozier offered the assessment in a telephone interview Tuesday following the arrest of 42-year-old Lucious Gene Sutton Jr. in the assault.
Dozier answered her doorbell Friday at her Lynwood Lane home and was met by a fist to her face at the beginning of a brutal attack by Sutton, according to Albany Police Department reports.
Sutton faces aggravated assault charges for attacking Dozier, beating her in the face and knocking her down, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. In addition, he has been charged with burglary and motor vehicle theft, she said.
"We had an anonymous tip that led us to Sutton," Banks said. "That and a surveillance tape from the South Slappey Post Office and the interviews with him at the LEC (Law Enforcement Center) led to the charges against him."
At his first appearance in court Tuesday Sutton was denied bail, said a Dougherty County Jail spokeswoman.
According to police reports, after Sutton beat Dozier, he rummaged in her purse, stole money and the keys to her 2012 Honda Accord. The Honda was found abandoned on the 1300 block of Colquitt Avenue by police.
Sutton has a history of violent crimes including aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a felon that stretch back years, court records stated. He was released April 2 from the Albany Transitional Center after a nine-year sentence in prison for a violent robbery, a center spokesman said.